Kvarken Ports CEO: We are stronger together

Kvarken Ports CEO: We are stronger together

3.11.2014

Kvarken Ports is the name of the joint port of Vaasa and Umeå run by the co-owned company Kvarkenhamnar Ab.

The new CEO of Kvarken Ports, Matti Esko, is an experienced logistics and port operations professional. His career has taken him around the world.

– The opportunity to create something brand new piqued my interest in this job, says Matti Esko.

The joint port company commences operations on the 1st of January 2015, and Esko started preparations on the 1st of October this year. Apart from Kvarken Ports there is only one other port company with operations across a border – the joint company of Malmö and Copenhagen. The will and determination to follow through with the project impressed Esko.

MattiEsko200px

Kvarken Ports is the joint port company of Vaasa and Umeå.
The company will commence operations on the 1st of January 2015.
The port company’s newly appointed CEO Matti Esko is impressed by
the intensive cooperation in the Vaasa region and across Kvarken.

 

Matti Esko is impressed by the intensive cooperation in the Vaasa region and across Kvarken

– It only took half a year from the moment the idea was launched until the company was formed and within a year it will be operational. I have never seen such efficient cooperation between two cities, he says.

– I was also surprised by the intensive cooperation both within the Vaasa region and across Kvarken. Not a day passes by without somebody stopping me to tell me what they are up to. Working together they have completed large-scale logistics projects like founding the shipping company NLC Ferry and the electrification of the railway, Esko points out. He is particularly impressed by the companies in the energy cluster in the Vaasa region.

The driving factor behind the joint port company is the need to develop the logistics corridor between Russia and Norway to strengthen the commercial life in the Kvarken region. Another reason is the EU’s decision that all public ports should be corporatized.

The current ports in Vaasa and Umeå are by EU standards small. The new joint port is big enough to be classed as a comprehensive port in the EU. Such a classification brings clear advantages when funding decisions are taken as well as guaranteeing visibility on EU maps.

The corporatization gives us great opportunities to develop the commercial port operations and establish a clear profile. The total cargo volume will probably not increase, hence growth will be dependent on how well we can compete with others, particularly with regards to the European traffic, Esko points out.

Esko sees the development of the commercialisation as his main mission. The profitability is already good and both ports are making a profit.

– The port’s most important mission is to serve the interests of the region’s businesses and help them become profitable. However, the port also provides rental income to the cities, and after the corporatization the idea is to make a profit and pay dividends to the owner cities, Esko explains.

The new port company is a key component of the logistics corridor between Russia and Norway, which the Vaasa region and Umeå is helping create with EU support.

– The long-term goal is for the NLC (Nordic Logistic Corridor) to develop into an economically sound, environmentally friendly and efficient transport route for the regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway and create conditions for continued transports, says VASEK’s logistics expert Anna Måtts.

– For many years The City of Vaasa has developed the port and its auxiliary capacities to meet the needs of the industry. That work provides a good foundation for further development within the Kvarken Ports framework, she explains.

 

Text: Mantra Communications

19.09.2016 Midway Alignment Honoured with the International Sail of Papenburg Award
03.06.2016 Further Development of the Strait Continues
18.04.2016 A Succesful First Year for Kvarken Ports 
16.02.2016 Flags Raised in Celebration of Cross-Border Collaboration
16.12.2015 End of the First Phase and Finalization of the New Application
16.12.2015 Collaboration Benefits the Development of Logistics
01.12.2015 Fun Facts About Midway Alignment´s Communication
25.11.2015 Cross-Border Collaboration to Attract Tourists
05.11.2015 Guided by Systems Thinking
28.10.2015 City of Vaasa and Umeå Municipality to establish a joint company – ”Midway Alignment Ab Oy”
30.09.2015 Pieces are Falling into Place
25.09.2015 Even a Global Company can be a Regional Actor
24.09.2015 Construction of an LNG Terminal in Vaasa is Explored
14.09.2015 The Timing of the EU Visit Is Just Right
09.09.2015 The Port Manager Has Several Irons in the Fire
26.06.2015 Hull ice tests completed at Aker Arctic’s laboratory in Helsinki
24.06.2015 Improving Space Utilisation in the Port of Vaasa
05.06.2015 Midway Alignment in brief
18.05.2015 First tests completed in the Hull Optimization Programme
05.05.2015 München Transport and Logistics Tuesday May 5th, 2015
05.05.2015 Railway to Port Could Serve as Special Transport Route
04.05.2015 Prepared for a successful exhibition!
16.04.2015 Ship Design is All About Optimization
10.04.2015 The completion of the new ferry’s preliminary design is an important milestone
07.04.2015 Preparation for the Second Phase of the Project Is the Key to Success
26.03.2015 The Baltic Trendsetters Club Certificates presented
24.03.2015 Midway Alignment and Kvarken Ports goes MÜNCHEN TRANSPORT LOGISTIC May 5-8, 2015
23.03.2015 New trends and sunny faces at EnergyWeek
04.03.2015 Wasaline's result positive before depreciation
29.01.2015 Cargo collaboration important for Wasaline
29.01.2015 Positive News: Growth from the North Report Published in Tromsø
29.01.2015 Wasaline Has Opened Spring Season
28.01.2015 Harbour Rail Is An Important Transport Corridor
16.01.2015 We have now launched Kvarken Ports - a joint company for the ports of Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland
02.01.2015 Now we have launched - Kvarken Ports
12.12.2014 An Eventful First Year
01.12.2014 Kvarken passenger service designed according to customers’ wishes and needs
18.11.2014 Visibility for Midway Alignment in Gothenburg
13.11.2014 Exports from the Port of Vaasa increasing
12.11.2014 The North Bothnia Line − Good news and effects also for Midway Alignment
11.11.2014 Viking Grace receives international environmental prize
03.11.2014 Kvarken Ports CEO: We are stronger together
08.10.2014 Stena Line-Wasaline cooperation
28.08.2014 Midway Alignment Is Gaining Momentum – The Concept Is Shaping Up
05.08.2014 Wärtsilä wins ship design contract for environmentally sound Gulf of Bothnia ferry
02.07.2014 Midway Alignment – Popular seminar at Almedalsveckan
01.07.2014 Stärkta öst-västliga förbindelser, nytt hamnbolag, infrastruktursatsningar och innovationer för miljövänliga transporter – kom och lyssna på oss i Almedalen 2.7.2014
26.06.2014 Umeå-Vasa satsar – innovativt transportkoncept och gemensamt hamnbolag ska ge hållbara transporter
17.06.2014 INBJUDAN Almedalen 2 juli 2014 9.30-13.00 ”Hur säkrar vi transporterna i norra Sverige, Finland och Norge?” – Midway Alignment och Norrbotniabanan
16.06.2014 Skriv oss en berättelse! Upplevelser på båten